Avoiding potential problem/disaster in the 3800
I noticed a few months ago that the exterior bezel on the water heater was crooked and leaning downward. I could tell because of the broken line of caulking that surrounded the bezel.
Today I decided I'd straighten the bezel so it looked normal again and not running downhill and all stupid looking.
I removed the door and the bezel to find one of the screws holding the tank in place had either pulled out of the wood or was never fully inserted into the wood. I decided it was a QC thing so I simply relocated the screw and brought the tank back to its original straight position.
Finished for the day and having time to ponder I wondered if it might not be a good idea to shore up the tank in case the sagging problem was caused by having 86 pounds of water pulling on the screw.
I checked all around the tank (inside the rig), and deemed it to be sitting rightly on the floor. That satisfied me but I did notice the tank was sitting fully on a hot water line. There are two fixed behind the tank, one white and one red. I tried to pull the red one out from under the tank but the tank was full so I turned the heater off, shut the water down and drained the tank.
I was then able to wiggle the red line out from beneath the heavy tank therefore avoiding a potential break in that line or perhaps collapsing it.
This makes me wonder at times if the manufacturer employees visually impaired installers or people that just don't care. Each time I find something like this it makes me further wonder where this person's pride in workmanship went, providing they ever had any pride.
I suppose it's up to us as owners and warranty repair orders to find these problems. Problems that shouldn't happen if someone would take three seconds to check their work.